Kanda Translates: Morning Musume paving new paths for idols over “three eras”

The following is a translation of Takumi Abe’s article (【知りたい】モーニング娘。は「3つの時代」をこのように闘いながらアイドルの新たな道を切り開いてきた) that originally appeared on Rockin’on, the companion site for ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL, on July 22nd, 2019. (I wanna know!) Morning Musume paved a new path for idols by fighting through “3 eras” At last year’s ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2018, Morning Musume surprised attendees at…

Kanda Translating: “Why a broken-hearted gay man supports Morning Musume”

The following is a translation of this article (失恋したゲイの僕が、それでも「モー娘。」を応援する理由) published on Bunshun Online in September 2018. A short post follows as to why I translated it. As a gay man with a broken heart, why I still support Morning Musume Incomparable explosive qualities and distant lyrics I recently had my heart broken, and it wasn’t…

Perfecting Rice: My Experience with Cooking Rice

If you’re like me and you grew up in an Asian household, you’ve probably never lived a day of your life without a rice cooker. How hard can it be? Measure the rice, add the water, and flip the switch: that’s it. At least that’s what I thought. Turns out rice needs a little more…

Sayumi’s Milk Risotto

A simple dish you can make with leftover rice! Ingredients 1/8 carrot 1/8 onion 1/4 bell pepper 100 ml milk 1 tbsp mentsuyu 2 tbsp water salt and pepper to taste 160 g cooked rice* 1 slice cheese Method 1. Dice the vegetables and fry in a frying pan. 2. Once heated through, add the…

Sayumi’s Loco Moco Heart Bento

Sayumi ate this for lunch the day she had studio recordings. A few explanations/disclaimers follow the recipe. Ingredients 1 Love-Love Burger (leftovers) 1 egg 1/2 potato 30g cabbage 160g cooked rice 1 tsp ketchup³ curry powder/roux to taste² Method 1. Fry the egg sunny-side up (or easy/medium over).¹ 2. Cut the potato into even discs/hearts…

Sayumi’s Mentsuyu Nikujaga and Kinpira

The second meal shown on the program, Sayumi mentions she’d like to make this for that special someone one day. Ingredients Nikujaga 1/3 carrot 1 potato 1/2 onion 70g chicken breast oil for cooking 320 ml water 2 tbsp mentsuyu Kinpira 1 tbsp mentsuyu 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp sesame oil for kinpira frying Method…